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Liatris spicata

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Mauve

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

Liatris spicata
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Plant details

The flowers on most flower spikes open from the base upwards, but in this pretty plant from the American praries, they open from the top down. The spikes of mauve flowers emerge from clumps of narrow leaves and are ideal for cutting. This plant looks great in a sunny border or meadow garden. Propagate by division in spring.

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Liatris

Species: spicata

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Mauve

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 150cm

Spread: 45cm

Time to plant seeds: October to March

Time to divide plants: March to April


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